HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. (WGHP) — Beaches along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore were named the best in the US just in time for National Beach Day on Tuesday, according to a CHNS post on social media.

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, ranks 650 public beaches every year.

He uses 50 criteria to measure the quality such as sand, safety, water, wildlife and management.

Cape Hatteras beaches consistently rank in his top 10.

“Took a DNA test and it turns out, we’re 100% that #1 beach in the country,” CHNS said in an Instagram post.

CHNS says 2022 marks the second time Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach was named the #1 spot after previously earning the honor in 2007, and Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton was named #6.